Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best option for travel to and around Tonglen Lake Lodge?

Because transportation services are minimal in the Denali area, we HIGHLY recommend that you organize your own form of transportation prior to arrival. Many of our guests find that a great option is to rent a car in either Fairbanks (2hrs) or Anchorage (5hrs) and make the scenic drive into the area. Alternatively, if you are planning to arrive via train, we recommend that you look into a private touring company or Denali based rental car company (Keys To Denali Car Rental). Renting a car proves to be the best way for our guests to experience Denali to the fullest by giving them the freedom to adventure at their own pace.

How far is Denali National Park from Tonglen Lake?

Tonglen Lake Lodge is located one mile off the George Parks Hwy 3 at Mile Post 230. The entrance to Denali National Park is MP 237.5. Driving time is approximately 10 min. Click here for directions. 

Is there WiFi accessible?

Yes, WiFi is accessible 24/7 in the main lodge building and café.

Is Tonglen Lake Lodge family friendly?

Yes, we welcome families to stay with us and enjoy the large lawn, campfire circle with complmentary s'mores in the evenings, lawn games, paddleboat and freedom to explore.  Our cabins are best suited for families of four (one king bed and one queen). There is also a Treehouse available for those with adventurous natures.

Is there hiking trails near by?

Tonglen Lake is one mile from the Triple Lakes Trail in the National Park. The Front Country of the Park (the first 15 miles of the Park Road) is only minutes away and have a long list of trails for every interest and skill level. There are many local trails right from the lodge that we invite our guests to explore with our Naturalist Guide in the evenings.

How far in advance of my stay should I book tours and activities?

The most important activity to book in advance is your guided trip into the Park via a bus tour or Park Service Transit bus. You can choose to book other tours and activities closer to your arrival date or even after you arrive, depending upon your time and flexibility. We are happy to book tours and excursions for you and/or direct you to our top recommendations in the area.

What are the area dining options?

Breakfast in our Artisan Café is included in your stay. 

In addition, our café offers to-go lunches for purchase for your busy day.

In the evenings, the café offers a wonderful selection of wine, beer and spirits along with complimentary appetizers and sweets for purchase.

For evening dining, there are a multitude of area restaurants and food trucks within just a few miles of Tonglen Lake.  Our top favorites are 229 Parks Restaurant and Tavern (reservations required, closed Mondays and Tuesdays) and McKinley Creekside Cafe or The Perch Restaurant (located at MP 224) .

Does Tonglen Lake provide transportation to and from the Alaska Railroad Depot?

Tonglen Lake Lodge does not provide transportation and unfortunately, the area public transportation is nearly non-existent. If you do not have your own rental car, we highly recommend Traverse Alaska Guides for both your transportation and guided activities.

What is there to do at the Lodge?

At Tonglen Lake we offer exclusive activities for our guests that include guided walks and evening campfires. In addition, there is an art gallery located in the cafe that features over 80 Alaskan artists. Art Show openings, musical performances, classes and workshops happen regularly throughout the summer months. Please be sure to check our calendar of events prior to your stay!

Where do I find a weather forecast for the area?

Be sure to connect with the Denali National Park 229.5 Parks Station for weather in our immediate area.

Can I camp on the property?

There is no tent camping or vehicle camping at Tonglen Lake.